Diversity and Awareness to cultural differences is what make The Ruby A Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation memorable. They help to ensure our community is nourish, sustain, and alive in managing their diabetes condition through unique, innovate approaches like workshops, support groups, nutritional classes, exercise activities, and wellness & preventive programs. Great bureaucracy requires the right mix of board members and leadership to provide accountability, transparent practices, and standard of excellence. The RANDAF has all those ingredients and that's what make The RANDAF extraordinary.
After being diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes and also having gestational diabetes with two of my pregnancies I knew I had to make some lifestyle changes. I began a search for information to build my level of knowledge on the diseases. While doing an internet search information came up about the Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation and it C.U.B.S. support group. I loved the idea of becoming a part of a support group. A group with a common goal of learning more about diabetes. I enrolled in an upcoming meeting that was conveniently located at a near-by library.
At the meeting I was introduced to Mutima Anderson-Jackson, the founder of the Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation and was instantly drawn to her personality and her dedication to build awareness of diabetes and the preventive measures that can be taken. We watched the movie, “The Debilitator”, which increased my knowledge of the diseases and practices that prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Each meeting is full of information including delicious diabetic friendly recipes. I learned that eating right and exercising was key in decreasing my chances of attaining the disease that my mother and several others in my family had and have. I began increasing my physical activities and trying the new recipe ideas I received at the awareness foundation and support group meetings.
I now proudly volunteer as the Community Outreach Director for the Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation. As the Community Outreach Director my job is to create activities in the community to build awareness to diabetes and the fact that it is now an epidemic.